The department of Fine Arts awards degrees from two different programs, the B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) and the B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts). The Bachelor of Arts is the most common undergraduate degree, incorporating a general education component in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics, besides the creative experiences in studio art classes and Art History (54 credit hours).
The B.F.A. is the standard undergraduate degree for students seeking a professional education in the visual arts. The degree differs from a Bachelor of Arts degree in that the majority of the program consists of a practical studio component and Art History (78 credit hours), as contrasted with lecture and discussion classes.
All students in the Department of Fine Arts devote their first two years to a basic art program. Incoming freshmen complete two art history and four studio art courses: two Art History Survey courses, Drawing Fundamentals, 3-D Design, 2-D Design and Color Theory, and Computer Art and Design. The last four classes listed comprise the Studio Foundations Program. This foundation of study provides all students with a commonalty of information needed for advanced studies in all areas within the department. The studio courses build skills in the elements and principles of art, problem solving, and oral and written communications. Models of art from the 20th Century are used extensively to prepare the student for more advanced study and to give a stronger sense of contemporary art movements.
The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts degree focuses on art and design within the context of a program of liberal studies. A Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts at Indiana University Southeast is a four-year program comprised of six studio concentrations with supporting courses in Art History:
Students can focus in one or more of these studio concentrations and can also minor in Art History.
Foundations courses at IU Southeast are required of all students majoring in Fine Arts. These courses provide a fundamental background in design and composition (both 3D and 2D). This basic foundation in visual principles and design is essential for students as they develop concepts and ideas that can be applied to their own creative work.
300 and 400 Level Requirements for Studio Areas One and Two
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program at Indiana University Southeast is tailored to the needs of today's professional artist. It is different from other fine arts degrees in that it offers flexibility to work across a range of media from painting to graphic and web design to ceramics, drawing and printmaking--and you can do this either as a part-time or full-time student. With an Individualized Major Program also in place at IUS, you could earn a BFA in painting with an emphasis on medical illustration. Although you can be a discipline-specific practitioner of one particular medium in our program, such as a painter, ceramicist, or graphic designer, we also encourage and nurture students who can eventually solve artistic problems across a range of different media.
At IU Southeast, the Bachelor of Fine Arts program offers challenging individual majors in painting (both acrylic and oil painting media), drawing (with a wide range of drawing materials and mixed media), graphic design media, ceramics (wheel and hand-built), and printmaking (including a variety of media such as silkscreen, lithography, relief, and intaglio). These five studio disciplines are not exclusive; you have the flexibility to explore more than one area. Importantly, the disciplines are integrated around theory seminars and art history that deal with issues of process and context shared throughout the fine arts field. There is also an emphasis on critical thinking both in terms of individual work and broader cultural contexts.
Graduates from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Indiana University Southeast find employment in a variety of positions within the arts professions, including curatorial work, gallery administration, design, research and teaching, continued study in competitive graduate programs, as well as participating in individual and group-generated projects and studio practice.
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Art History at IU Southeast provides a diverse range of courses covering both western and non-western traditions. Fine Arts students graduate with a broad knowledge of the visual arts from all parts of the world, giving them an informed awareness of the diversity of human visual expression from both a historical and cultural point of view. The Art History Visual Resource Center contains one of the largest collections of non-western art images in the state. Our Art History faculty members also teach courses in Art Appreciation – one of the most popular courses taught on our campus. Our resident Art History faculty member has traveled extensively to study art historical traditions from as far away as Samoa and other islands of the South Pacific.
Students majoring in other areas may choose to minor in Fine Arts. The Fine Arts minor requires the foundations sequence:
Also required are the five 200-level Fine Arts studio courses:
The minor in Art History is open to all students who have an interest in the history of art regardless of their major. At least 18 credit hours are required, including A 101 Ancient and Medieval Art, A 102 Renaissance Through Modern Art, A 458 Topics in the Ethnographic Arts, plus a minimum of three other courses above the 200 level. At least one of these additional courses must cover a European, Euro-American, or Euro-Australian topic. At least one must concentrate on the arts of an indigenous people (e.g., Native American, African, South Pacific, or Asian). Art history minors must meet with a Fine Arts departmental advisor for program planning.
See “General Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree.” In addition, students must complete the following courses: